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Maker's Mark Private Select

This was picked by Mike Raymond of Houston's Reserve 101 as their 10th anniversary bottling. As the regular readers (both of them) know by now I love Maker's Mark, I love Houston, I love Reserve101 and I have very strong feelings for Mike.  But for some reason this one did not quite work for me, but give it a try as it might for you.   The nose is oaky with some fruity wine notes as well.  Sopem heat from the 55.65% ABV along with calssic vanilla, corn and cola notes.  The taste is hot and a little sharp at first with some black cherry, dark chocolate, jalepeno, burnt caramel and oak char.  The finish is pepper and even a little sour.  With water it gets creamier with some brown sugar and more vanilla. It definately needs a little water (or ice or time) to open it up.

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  • Tuesday, 31 December 2013 20:32

    London Distillery Company Update: "Luke Warm" Off The Press

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    If I ever had an opportunity to break a real whisky story on my website this was probably it... and I blew my chance so badly I have made the ObamaCare website look organised and efficient.  As I mentioned in an earlier blog I am a very minor shareholder in The London Distillery Company ( http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/390-living-the-dream ).  I took my first tour of the facility in September 2012 before construction had really begun and have since visited Darren and Andrew at the TLDC on at least 3 occasions.  Considering this and the fact that Darren and the team started the historic malt spirit production on December 12th 2013, an event I had prior notice of and also access to exclusive "behind the scenes" photos like I have used in this blog, you would think as a whisky blogger trying to make his bones I would have got around to writing something about this before now.  Well the truth is many people covered the story much better than I could (with very notable exception of @whiskycast ... what gives?).  Being a businessman first and blogger second I am rather glad that the BBC and Reuters were breaking this event rather than a second rate blogger living in Texas.  If you are interested (I really hope you are) I have attached some of the way better, and much more timely, coverage at the time.  Happy new year.

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